The next police chief? The internal candidates

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September 8, 2003 // UPDATED 11:03 am - April 30, 2007
By: Robyn Repya
Robyn Repya

Lucy Gerold Deputy Police Chief Lucy Gerold, 51, began her work with Minneapolis law enforcement the in late 1970s, working to pilot a program with the city and Police Department to reduce crime. In 1983, that job evolved into the directing of community crime prevention, then a separate entity from the Police Department. In 1987, Gerold helped to form and lead the Community Crime Prevention/SAFE unit, which she did until 1997.

During and after her SAFE assignment, however, Gerold said she directed and oversaw many programs and bureaus within the Department, including SAFE, RECAP, school programs, and the Investigations, Patrol and Internal Services bureaus. In 2002, Gerold served as inspector of the 5th Precinct but has since been promoted to deputy chief of Southfield Services, responsible for the 3rd and 5th precincts, in charge of investigations, licensing and the crime lab.

Gerold has a degree from the University of Minnesota in housing and community development, an associate's degree in law enforcement and she's currently finishing a master's degree in criminal justice at Concordia College. She grew up in Southeast Minneapolis and currently lives in the Seward neighborhood.

Sharon Lubinski Deputy Police Chief Sharon Lubinski, 51, came to the Minneapolis Police Department in 1987 after beginning her career in law enforcement in Madison, Wis. in the late 1970s. She said she worked as precinct commander of the Downtown Command (what is now the 1st Precinct) and the 3rd Precinct (Southeast Minneapolis) for six years, focusing on community policing.

In addition, Lubinski worked in Southwest's 5th Precinct in the late 1980s on a community policing pilot project with the Whittier Alliance. While her focus has been community policing, she said she also specializes in emergency preparedness. Lubinski was recently promoted to deputy chief of Northfield Services, in charge of the 1st, 2nd and 4th Precinct budgets.

Lubinski has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in international relations and a master's in public administration from Hamline University in St. Paul. She currently lives in Southeast Minneapolis with her domestic partner of 17 years.

Tim Dolan Fourth Precinct Inspector Tim Dolan, 48, came to the Minneapolis Police Department in 1983, after beginning his career in law enforcement in 1978 with Hennepin County.

He said he's worked everything from vice patrol in the Department to working the FBI SWAT team. Dolan said he's also commanded narcotics training and the emergency response unit, in addition to working the Super Bowl Task Force. Dolan currently serves as a leader of the North Minneapolis 4th Precinct, which he's done for five years.

Dolan has B.A. and M.A. degrees from St. Thomas and is a graduate of the FBI academy. He grew up on Minneapolis' North Side but now lives in Edina with his wife of 20 years and four boys.

Rob Allen First Precinct Inspector Rob Allen, 41, began his law enforcement career in the Minneapolis Police Department in 1989. He started out in patrol of Southwest's 5th Precinct, where he started the Stevens Square Bike Patrol.

In his work at the Police Department, Allen has worked as supervisor of the North Side SAFE crime-prevention teams, led patrol and Community Emergency Response teams in the 3rd Precinct, and also worked to develop the strategy for and run the CODEFOR computer-based statistical crime-fighting operations. In 2001, Allen was promoted to his current position.

Allen has a B.A. degree in sociology from Beloit College in Wisconsin, is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute, a postgraduate program in Louisville, Ky., and has completed a course in senior management a the Police Institute in Boston. Allen grew up in the East Harriet neighborhood and currently lives in Richfield.